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Main Bar Sandwich Shop

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1944 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5915
+1 941-955-8733
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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Lincolnwood, Illinois
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175 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Main Bar does a great business in downtown Sarasota. The menu is incredible and very reasonably priced. There are soups, salads and a wonderful array of sandwiches at reasonable prices.

Thank DEEDEE1940
Baltimore, Maryland
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126 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for a place to eat lunch before a movie and this restaurant was across the street. It reminded me of a place for a business lunch. The restaurant offers many choices of soup and sandwiches. I had tuna and bean soup. Both were very good as was the service.

Thank paulhollinger
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in for a late lunch and it was awesome. Huge Menu. Our group had a couple of soups and a couple sandwiches. They all cane quick and were great.

Thank Jason P
Longboat Key, Florida
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330 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I love this kind of place- where it doesn't look like anything has change in decades, simply because why mess with it because it is working perfectly. Absolutely fabulous sandwiches and soup/salads! We sit at the bar usually- friendly service. Just wish we had discovered this place three years ago when we moved to Sarasota.

1 Thank Stcloudmom
Sarasota, Florida
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a great place for lunch. It's really the best place in SRQ by the Courthouse. Service is great. Huge menu, fresh soups and sandwiches. Try it, you will love it here.

1 Thank Becca S
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

My go to place is this one. It's a small friendly restaurant and when there's a mistake they always fix it, no problem. If you like chicken salad, try the one at this place! Always delightful to stop in for a bite to eat.

Thank Josh D
Skokie, Illinois
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161 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Looked like a hole in the wall place with an older image about it. History reveals that it had Circus performer ties. Sandwiches and soups. Had a meatball sandwich which was nice sized but not the best I've ever had. Coleslaw ordered was good. Lentil soup was good. The Keylime pie was not good.

Thank Steve K
Longboat Key, Florida
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60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

You must get the famous Italian sandwich! My grandmother took everyone in the family here. Anytime family comes to visit this place gets a visit from them. The same servers and same locals. The place is small in size but big in taste! In my 30 years of visiting I've never received poor service or bad quality. You will always... More 

1 Thank Amy A
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

My husband introduced me to the Italian at Main Bar when I first moved to Sarasota while we were dating in 1967. Growing up in Indiana, I had never tasted anything like it. I fell in love with this sandwich almost as much as my soon-to-be hudband❣❣. I have never tasted another as good as these in nearly 50 years... More 

1 Thank janacabana
West Springfield, MA
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132 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Don't be put off by the shabby, small storefront...the place is long and deep with a lot of history. The walls are full of pictures and promos from circus acts and tv shows from the beginning of television. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis together again. The menu of sandwiches is also long and deep and eclectic. Beer,wine,soda. Bags of chips... More 

1 Thank BessieLil

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
American, Soups
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1944 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5915
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-955-8733

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?